The bargin here is that is still cheaper than a Intel quad core setup with the same features, performance notwithstanding of course. There is also of the factor of buy once, cry once, as in most cases with low-end boards as I mentioned earlier. You buy a crappy board, be prepared to buy another one in the not-to-distant future in my experience.
Again, wasting money is all in the eye of the beholder and the holder of the wallet, it's what YOU, the buyer want at the end of the day. You can justify your perspective all you want but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter IMHO as most die-hard Intel folks(like some I see here) will never buy an AMD setup anyway...(especially nowadays) So buy whatever you like pal, to me the motherboard was and IS still worth it.
You're a true politician in the way you write. It's a shame you know so little of what you're writing about. All these things you said matter not when we're talking about the best performance for the price, which is what most people seek. Even cheap motherboards are decently built nowdays, enough to last you the 4-5 years until the next upgrade/new PC. You can justify the fact you bought it, that's fine by me, but saying this is a good deal, a bargain even- for the best price-performance ratio seekers which are the people who come here and bother searching for parts on pcpartspicker to compare and get the best prices- for those people, it is not a bargain, it's too expensive and unjustifiably so. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it, but i just know some people who perhaps don't know enough about building their own PC, will see this build on the front page of pcpartspicker, think its good, and will read your comment and will genuinely believe they are getting a bargain, and i just can't stand the thought of that when I know it isn't so.
Not to bash the build by Trigunman but I totally agree and I speak from experience. Back in 2011 I purchased a POS gigabyte Mobo for $58.99, I figured I would replace it eventually but I've never really needed too, the only thing that's happened to it is that the LAN port doesn't work but that's only because the light pole directly outside my house got struck by lightning while my comp and modem were plugged directly to the wall. If your looking to appease the mid to light gamer who doesn't want to bother with overclocking (which most do IMO) it makes sense to get a better cpu and an average mobo with the features you need and invest the rest of your money into a better gpu. I've done this for most of my relatives because when I ask them if they want to overclock their CPU they look at me very confused.
Cheap i5: $175. Cheap h97 mobo: $65 (there are some for 60, if you really wanted the cheapest). Total: $240
This CPU: $75 This mobo: $150 Total: $225
You just saved yourself $15 ($10 if you go with the cheapest). And wound up with an athlon over an i5. slow clap
Most low end boards are fine, and $60 isn't exactly low end like a $40 board is. It's a perfectly fine board that will probably last 3 years at a minimum.